WEC: Series likely won’t return to Sebring

The FIA World Endurance Championship is probably not going to do a joint race weekend with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Sebring after 2023, according to ACO President Pierre Fillon.

Fillon told reporters that it would be “impossible” to maintain long-term the event format that was held in 2019 and last year, when the WEC staged a 1000-mile race on the Friday before IMSA ran the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on the Saturday.

2022 WEC 1000 Miles Sebring – Porsche 911 GT3 R, WeatherTech Racing (#79), Cooper MacNeil (USA), Julien Andlauer (F), Alessio Picariello (B)

“The top priority is to come to the U.S.,” Fillon said.

“I love Sebring – it’s an iconic race. But it’s impossible to continue to have a race on Friday and a race on Saturday.

“It’s difficult for the sponsors and manufacturers to have two races [on one weekend]. We have to find another solution. What is the solution, I don’t know.

“The idea is to continue to have a common event with IMSA. But we are thinking about how we can do that.”

Fillon went on to say that the Sebring format needs a “rethink” but acknowledged that it is “too early” to divulge how that might pan out.

Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO

“It’s a good thing for Sebring to have two pit lanes,” Fillon said. “It’s not a question of space, it’s a question of timing.

“There is [a] conflict between our partners and sponsors. The level of the manufacturers is higher, so we have to rethink how this double event can be.”